[via Ariel Land] Where to Find Flowers in Shanghai

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I did not realize until recently that Shanghai has so many parks and flower fields. We had also just returned in late March to early April and were in home quarantine so unfortunately missed out on a few types of flowers. After doing a bit of research (mainly on these Chinese apps: 小红书 Xiaohongshu and 大众点评 Dazhongdianping, which are like the Pinterest + Trip Advisor/Yelp + Instagram of China) I’ve found the major type of flowers blooming between March to June. Of course, there are also different types of plants to see in autumn such as Maple and Ginko, but that’s for another time. 

March – April: Tulips

上海顾村公园 Shanghai GuCun Park

  • Location: 上海市宝山区沪太路4788号 (Baoshan District, North Puxi)
  • Access: Subway Line 7, Gucun Park Station
  • Hours: 6am – 6pm
  • Price: adults ¥20, elderly ¥16, children ¥10
  • RSVP required via WeChat: gucunpark, at least one day before the visit

Mid March – Early April: Cherry Blossoms

上海顾村公园 Shanghai GuCun Park
鲁迅公园, LuXun Park (FREE)

  • Location: 上海市虹口区四川北路2288号 (Hongkou District, North East Puxi
  • Access: Subway Line 3 & 8, Hongkou Football Stadium Station
  • Hours: 5am – 9pm
  • WeChat: shlxpark

同济大学 Tongji University Siping Road Campus (FREE)

  • Location: 上海市杨浦区四平路1239号 (Yangpu District, North East Puxi)
  • Access: Subway Line 8 & 10, Siping Road Station
  • Hours: 24hrs
  • Due to Covid restrictions, operating hours may change without advance notice.

共青森林公园 Gongqing Forest Park

  • Location: 上海市杨浦区军工路2000号(近嫩江路)(Yangpu District, North East Puxi)
  • Access: Subway Line 12, Aiguo Road
  • Hours: 8am – 4pm (Nov – Apr), 6am – 7:30pm (May – Oct)
  • Price: 15rmb
  • You can RSVP tickets via WeChat: GongQingforestpark

Late April – Mid June: Hydrangea

共青森林公园 Gongqing Forest Park


滨江森林公园 Binjiang Forest Park

  • Location: 上海市浦东新区高桥镇凌桥高沙滩3号 (Pudong District, North Pudong)
  • Access: No subway available, get a subway to SongFa Road Station (Line 3) and then bus or taxi.
  • Hours: 8:30am – 6 pm
  • Price: ¥20 adults, ¥16 elderly, ¥10 children
  • You can RSVP tickets via WeChat: Binjiang-slgy



上海植物园 Shanghai Botanical Garden

  • Location: 上海市徐汇区龙吴路1111号 (Xuhui District, South West Pudong)
  • Access: Subway Line 3, Shilong Road Station
  • Hours: 7am – 5pm (Nov – May 15), 7am – 7:30pm (May 20 – Oct)
  • Price: ¥15 adults, ¥7.5 under 18yo
  • You can RSVP tickets via WeChat: shbg_shzwy


图片BoboLEE Cake (FREE)

  • Location: 建国西路481号, 建国花园内 (Xuhui District, Puxi City Center, inside the garden to the right of % Arabica on Jianguoxi Lu)
  • Access: Subway Line 7 & 9 Zhaojiabang Road Station, Line 1, Hengshan Road Station
  • Hours: 24hrs, the café itself is 11am – 7pm

Mid May – Early June: Lavender

上海薰衣草公园 Shanghai Lavender Park

  • Location: 上海市浦东新区申迪东路399弄188号(Pudong District, Next to Disneyland)
  • Access: Subway Line 11 to Disneyland
  • Hours: 9am – 6pm
  • Price: ¥45-60rmb
  • WeChat: shxycgy

Late May – Mid June: Sunflower

上海之鱼 (FREE)

  • Location: Shanghai Zhi Yu Park, North East Intersection湖堤路 & 湖畔路交叉口 (Fengxian District, 45min South of Puxi)
  • Access: Subway Line 5 Jinhaihu Station, then walk towards North East on Hudi Road until the intersection with Hupan Road
  • Hours: 24hrs

Bonus: Flowers around Xujiahui Park

There’s a Brunch place we frequently go to called “小红楼” or “La Villa Rouge”  which is a mansion previously owned by EMI records as their production house. Now it’s a western brunch place with backyard outdoor seating (and amazing Sangrias).

Around end of May, they added some Sunflowers along the side of their building, so it’s a place close to the city you can check out!

  • Where: North side of Xujiahui Park, middle of Hengshan Road
  • Access: Subway Line 1, 9, 11 Xujiahui Station
  • Hours: The restaurant is opened 11am-11pm, park is open 24hrs

图片港汇恒隆广场 which is a new upscale mall on the huge intersection of Zhaojiabang Road, Hengshan Road, and Hongqiao Road, also had a Hydrangea Expo, but it only  lasted for a few weeks. They however still have some potted Hydrangeas around the mall entrance for the month of June.

Bonus – Wholesale Flower Market

  • Hongqiao Antique City, B1 Flower Market
  • Location: Minhang District, No528 Jinhui Road (B1 level). 闵行区金汇路528号
  • Access: Subway Line 10, Longbai Xincun Station
  • Hours: 10am – 7pm

If you aren’t able to see any of the flowers mentioned above, this is a year-round indoor wholesale flower market! You can expect Daisies for ¥5, Roses and Sunflowers for ¥10, Hydrangeas for ¥35, and tons of other flowers such as Lilies, Orchids, Verbenas, Bonsais, and even dried flowers! It’s also temperature controlled inside to keep the flowers fresh, so you can expect a nice cool 22C, perfect for a day that is too sunny for outdoor activity!


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